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Robot finds possible melted fuel inside Fukushima reactor

Toukyo - Lava-like rocks believed to be melted nuclear fuel have been spotted inside Japan's stricken Fukushima reactor by an underwater robot, the plant's operator said at the end of a three-day inspection.

Robot finds possible melted fuel inside Fukushima reactor

Toukyo - Lava-like rocks believed to be melted nuclear fuel have been spotted inside Japan's stricken Fukushima reactor by an underwater robot, the plant's operator said at the end of a three-day inspection.

Robot finds possible melted fuel inside Fukushima reactor

Toukyo - Lava-like rocks believed to be melted nuclear fuel have been spotted inside Japan's stricken Fukushima reactor by an underwater robot, the plant's operator said at the end of a three-day inspection.

Tokyo Olympic stadium worker's suicide due to overwork: family

Toukyo - The suicide of a 23-year-old worker on Tokyo's Olympic stadium was due to overwork, his family said, as Japan races to finish building venues for the 2020 Games.

BoJ slashes annual inflation forecasts

Toukyo - The Bank of Japan on Thursday slashed its annual inflation forecast and once again delayed its timetable for hitting a two percent target as the economy struggles to gain traction despite years of stimulus.

Japan pledges $1 bn to back UN development goals

New York - Japan on Monday pledged $1 billion over the next two years to back the UN's development agenda, raising its profile as one of the world's largest foreign aid donors.

Japan says time for pressure, not dialogue with N.Korea

New York - Japan on Monday downplayed South Korea's offer to hold military talks with North Korea, saying the priority should be piling pressure on Pyongyang through sanctions."This is not a time for dialogue.

No visitors allowed on Japan's men-only UNESCO island

Toukyo - Visitors will not be allowed to set foot on a men-only UNESCO World Heritage island in Japan from next year, an official said Saturday.

US judge pauses quest to block sale of Toshiba chip unit

San Francisco - A California judge put on hold Friday a request by Western Digital to block the sale of Toshiba's chip division, suggesting a more collaborative order.

Japan 'Black Widow' confesses to killing husband No. 4

Toukyo - A one-time millionairess dubbed the "Black Widow" over the untimely deaths of lovers and a husband, admitted poisoning her last partner at her trial this week in a multiple murder case that has gripped Japan.

Japan protests S. Korea's 'comfort women' heritage bid

Toukyo - Japan has lodged a diplomatic protest with South Korea over its support for registering with the United Nations documents related to "comfort women" forced into World War II sexual slavery by Japanese troops, officials said Tuesday.

S. Korea to build 'comfort women' museum in Seoul

Seoul - South Korea intends to build a museum in memory of wartime sex slaves for Japanese troops, a government minister said Monday, re-igniting perennial tensions in the two neighbours' relationship.

No girls allowed: Japan's men-only island gets UNESCO nod

Toukyo - A men-only island in Japan where women are banned and male visitors must bathe naked in the sea before visiting its shrine, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Japan floods death toll rises to 15

Toukyo - The death toll from heavy rains and flooding in southern Japan has risen to 15, a government official said Saturday, as rescuers continued work to evacuate isolated survivors.

US warplanes fly over disputed South China Sea

Bejing - US warplanes have flown over the disputed South China Sea, the US Air Force said Friday, a move aimed at asserting freedom of navigation rights in the hotly-contested area.

Rescuers scramble to find missing after Japan floods

Rescuers in Japan were Friday scrambling to find more than 20 people missing after huge floods swept across the country's south this week, killing at least seven and leaving a trail of destruction.

Huge floods sweep southern Japan, two dead, 20 missing

Hakata - At least two people have been killed and about 20 others are missing in huge floods that are surging through southern Japan, with hundreds of thousands of people ordered or urged to flee.

Huge floods sweep southern Japan, at least 15 missing

Hakata - At least 15 people are missing after huge floods swept away houses in southern Japan, tearing up roads as they surged through villages, with authorities warning hundreds of thousands of people to flee.

Sixth MOX nuclear shipment leaves France for Japan

Cherbourg - A cargo of reprocessed nuclear fuel containing highly radioactive plutonium left the French port of Cherbourg for Japan under heavy security on Wednesday as demonstrators protested against the transport.

US, Japan 'united' on pressuring N. Korea: White House

Washington - The United States and Japan are united in their efforts to clamp down on North Korea's "growing threat," as the regime ramps up its nuclear drive and other belligerent efforts, the White House said Sunday.

Japan PM Abe stung by huge loss in Tokyo assembly vote

Toukyo - A chastened Japanese Prime Minister vowed Monday to win back public support after his party suffered a historic drubbing in local elections that media chalked up to growing arrogance and analysts said threatened his continued hold on power.

Japan PM Abe set for huge loss in Tokyo assembly vote: exit polls

Toukyo - Embattled Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's conservative party was set for a major defeat in the Tokyo assembly election Sunday, exit polls showed, as he struggles with a series of setbacks and scandals that have driven down his popularity at the na...

Tokyo votes in local polls with national consequences

Toukyo - Tokyo residents went to the polls Sunday in a big test for embattled Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose ruling Liberal Democratic Party is facing a powerful challenge from the megacity's popular governor for control of the local assembly.

Bangladesh marks first anniversary of deadly cafe siege

Dhaka - Hundreds of people gathered Saturday at the site of one of the worst Islamist attacks in Bangladesh's history to mark the first anniversary of the deadly attack on an upscale Dhaka cafe.

Bangladesh marks first anniversary of deadly cafe siege

Dhaka - Hundreds of people gathered Saturday at the site of one of the worst Islamist attacks in Bangladesh's history to mark the first anniversary of the deadly attack on an upscale Dhaka cafe.

Bangladesh marks first anniversary of deadly cafe siege

Dhaka - Hundreds of people gathered Saturday at the site of one of the worst Islamist attacks in Bangladesh's history to mark the first anniversary of the deadly attack on an upscale Dhaka cafe.

Silicone Sally: Japan men find true love with sex dolls

Toukyo - When the spark went out of Masayuki Ozaki's marriage, he found an unusual outlet to plug the romantic void -- a silicone sex doll he swears is the love of his life.

Ex-bosses stand trial over Japan's 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis

Toukyo - Three former executives at the operator of Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant went on trial Friday, the only people ever to face a criminal court in connection with the 2011 meltdowns that left swathes of countryside uninhabitable.

Japan, EU to hold crunch trade deal talks

Brussels - European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker dispatched the EU's top trade officials to Tokyo Thursday for crucial talks to seal a long-awaited deal with Japan.

Sony to start spinning vinyl after 30-year hiatus

Toukyo - Three decades after it abandoned vinyl production, Sony says it will start making records again on the back of surging demand for the retro music format.
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